Samsung's folding phone is a marvel but Nintendo's DS is still cooler

Samsung's folding phone is a marvel but Nintendo's DS is still cooler

Samsung's folding phone is a marvel but Nintendo's DS is still cooler

To solve the first issue, Samsung designed new screen materials, including a flexible OLED layer and backplane, that are then layered beneath an ultra thin polarizer, a new shock-absorbent film, and a more durable (and flexible) polymer cover window on top.

There's no word yet on how much Samsung's foldable phone will cost or where it'll launch first.

On Wednesday, Samsung provided a glimpse at a foldable-screen device that it will release next year.

No word on availability, but mass production is set to start in the coming months.

Samsung calls this the best of both worlds: "a compact smartphone that unfolds to reveal a larger immersive display for multitasking and viewing content".

The smartphone also works with Samsung's revamped smartphone user interface, dubbed One UI, that was created to work with the device's multiple screens. Indeed, Microsoft's oft-rumored Surface Phone was expected to offer a foldable display that looked like a tablet when opened up.

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The concept of a foldable phone has been around for a while now.

However, although the phone itself was rumoured to be called the Galaxy X, Samsung did not officially reveal its name.

Samsung and several rivals are preparing to roll out new redesigned devices with flexible screens that can be folded in half without breaking.

The CEO of Samsung's mobile division, DJ Koh, previously "hinted" the tech company could finally lift the lid on a foldable phone at its developer event which is taking place in San Francisco.

Google will be running sessions on how to support Foldables for developers during the Android Dev Summit this week, and we'll be looking at the new Samsung foldable shortly. Samsung may have mastered the hardware, but the interface of this unique form factor will be what makes or breaks it.

If leaks are true, the Snapdragon 845 will be powering the foldable phone, paired with with 4 or 6GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.

Make no mistake, this thing looks chunky as hell, but a large part of that is apparently due to the protective shroud Samsung used to shield the rest of the device from prying eyes.

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